In an unusual news day, the world woke yesterday to two remarkable events, both involving celestial objects. One was predicted; the near-earth pass of an asteroid that occurred Friday afternoon. Passing approximately 17,000 miles from earth, it was the closest recorded pass of an asteroid in history. In an unrelated and unpredicted event, a meteor the size of an SUV struck the earth’s atmosphere over Russia, injuring approximately 1,000 people. Elisabeth Werth, science teacher at Washington High School, knows a teaching opportunity when she sees it. Students viewed video of the event, discussed meteors in general, and contemplated the meaning of celestial events impacting earth. She tells KCII News that she thinks that teaching science through current events is a great opportunity to reach students.
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